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Dive Review of SeaVentures in
Malaysia/Mabul/Sipadan

SeaVentures, May, 2008,

by Rick Tuss, Delaware, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 4082.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over East Coast USA, SE Asia, and Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time limits when diving with a group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The boats aren't set up well for UWPs, but the resort has good rinse tanks and tables. As for the subject matter, it's very easy to shoot through a roll of film under the resort. Yes, I still shoot film!!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This trip was a little disappointing from a weather standpoint. The winds kicked up the waves and in combination with clouds, really reduced the vis. I didn't get the great wide angle shots that are normal. That said, the macro critters weren't missing. I spent as much time as possible directly under the SeaVentures resort just off Mabul searching out dinner plate size frog fish, nudibranch, crocodile fish, lion fish, scorpion fish, moray eel, bumphead parrot fish, schools of barracuda and jacks. Oh, did I say lion fish? More damn lion fish are under SeaVentures now than I have encountered anywhere else. Add to that the gray reef and whitetip sharks, turtle, huge barracuda schools, napolean wrasse, etc. of Sipadan Island itself and you can't go wrong with the trip.

As for the resort and dive operations, both have improved substantially. The place was getting pretty run down, but the current management has it looking great with very nice boats. The food was very edible. SeaVentures does suffer from two things though: 1) the bathrooms are nasty, and 2)there are more cockroaches per square inch than anyplace I have ever been!

All in all, I will go back again. Maybe it's the cockroaches falling of the converted jack-up accommodations platform that keep the marine life so vibrant beneath it!!!
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